FIFTH COLUMN OF THE FOURTH ESTATE
By Frederick Meekins
April 2, 2001
tensions increasing between the United States and Russia, it has
been noted that the world may be heading into a renewed Cold War.
However, such an assertion is not only evident from incidents such
as the Hansseen spy case or the expulsion of diplomatic personnel
from both countries. It can also be drawn from the level of ignorance
displayed by much of the mainstream media regarding the current
international scene and the open hostility of the press to the interests
of the United States.
response to the expulsion of nearly fifty Russian diplomats and
other attempts by the Bush Administration to patch the strategic
holes in America's tottering ship of state, the Washington Post
has labeled the President's approach to world affairs as "blunt".
The newscast of the local NBC affiliate in Washington labeled Secretary
of State Colin Powell's remarks regarding the unnecessary detention
of an American University Professor and her preschool-aged son in
China as "harsh".
Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice has provided a perspective more
balanced than that offered by rosy-eyed journalists regarding America's
adversaries when she was quoted by the March 23, 2001 Washington
Post as saying, "If we have learned anything in the last several
years, it is that a romantic view of Russia --- rather than a realistic
one --- did nothing to help the cause of stability in Russia."
It hasn't exactly been good for the United States either.
are some of the realities liberal journalists are chastising observant
foreign policy officials for bringing before the public's attention.
of aspiring to a level of conduct befitting a place among the brotherhood
of upright nations, the actions by Russia and other powers like
her would seem to indicate they still reside firmly in the orbit
of the darkside.
example, at the annual World Threat Briefing before the Senate Intelligence
Committee in February, it was revealed that both China and Russia
plan to deploy measures bent on disrupting U.S. space technology.
China, in particular, is developing laser and electronic pulse weapons
in pursuit of this objective.
has been equally as busy as well. While Russia and China continue
to grow closer through a maniacal partnership directed against the
United States, pompous Russian politicians lecture the U.S. as to
how a missile defense system designed to protect American citizens
from weapons of mass destruction inherently destabilizes the delicate
equilibrium of international affairs.
regarding this issue, the Russians ply their characteristic deceit
and manipulation. Back in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin
presented his own proposal for a limited theater-based defense system
designed to address the threat of "unpredictable and hostile
attempting to garnish praise as a world statesman, with such a proposal
Putin dances within the shadows of the verbal ambiguities for which
those drawn to Communism's allure are famous.
protection provided to Western nation's by Putin's plan would be
miniscule regarding major threats because Russia would likely not
be blacklisted as such a country. Russian and Chinese weapons of
mass destruction would continue to possess the opportunity of raining
down destruction upon a helpless U.S. population.
Americans cannot help but feel a degree of animosity towards nations
such as Russia and China for the apocalyptic threat they pose to
the United States. Yet each is merely playing its role in the grand
geostrategic game all great powers play.
deepest contempt ought to be reserved for those among us who actively
render ideological aide and intellectual support to the forces actively
conspiring to extinguish the light of liberty from this otherwise
is the antipathy towards this nation and the Judeo-Christian heritage
it was founded upon as evident as among the media elite. And it
must be noted that this disease reaches to the highest levels of
tycoon Ted Turner recently let his feelings regarding God and country
all hang out in a disgusting display of just what his true colors
happen to be. Seems he prefers some shade of red.
his acceptance of an award from the World Federalist Association,
he castigated the United States for picking on smaller nations and
lavished praise upon the United Nations, claiming we owe our very
survival during the Cold War to this global institution. Not one
word of gratitude was directed towards the armed forces of the United
States in Mr. Turner's remarks nor did he make any acknowledgement
of Communism as an inherently flawed system predetermined to failure
aspirations for planetary government are often coupled with a hostility
towards traditional religious beliefs. Shortly before his comments
at the World Federalist Association, Turner smeared his Christian
employees by calling them "Jesus freaks."
World Federalists responded that Turner's comments regarding Christianity
were a "moot point". Had these comments been made about
Muslims, Jews, or some other ethnic group, old Ted would have not
even been in the running for this global governance award.
Turner also told his religious employees at CNN they might prefer
working for the Fox News Network, one of Turner's primary competitors.
While Fox does have a reputation for producing a news product exhibiting
a more refined degree of journalistic objectivity, its corporate
echelon has done little more than Turner in the struggle against
world Communism. Rupert Murdoch, head of the Fox media empire, might
talk a better game, but his actions still fall pitifully short.
to the March 30, 2001 broadcast of "Point of View with Marlin
Maddoux", Murdoch's son gave a speech to a recent business
convention. In his comments, the younger Murhdoch argued that the
Western media ought not produce stories critical of the regime in
China because to do so was unduly antagonistic.
father has faired little better in standing up to these Marxist
thugs. Rupert obsequiously backed down from efforts to market satellite
TV to the most populace country on earth because it might destabilize
the regime there enslaving around a billion people.
you just how far some will go for the principles embodied by the
First Amendment. Seems he has no problem corroding America with
programs such as 'Temptation Island" but won't lift a finger
to set oppressed nations free with the liberating influence of true
face a number of threats from around the globe ranging from acts
of terrorism to the proliferation of black-market nuclear weapons
to a disturbing resurgence of Communist hostility. The last thing
the nation needs is having its primary sources of information in
league with or beholden to the enemy at a time when an accurate
presentation of the facts is indispensable to our very survival.
by Frederick B. Meekins